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2020 Jeep Cherokee Review: Tough And Tenacious

The Cherokee, a proud tribe of native Americans, renowned for their rich culture and fighting prowess, has lost the battle of the brands to a car manufacturer by the name of Jeep, who produce a range of rugged SUVs that goes by the same moniker. At least the automotive version shares the tribe's tenacity, toughness, and free spirit. The 2020 Jeep Cherokee builds on the fifth-generation base, which was first introduced in 2013, and is offered in a dizzying nine different trim levels, with three engine options and more optional extras than you can shake a peace pipe at. 2020 sees the addition of some new driver assistance features. As with the rest of the Jeep range, the Cherokee is a competent off-roading machine when selected with the right drivetrain setup, but is also a pleasant thing to drive around town, despite its below-average fuel consumption. Starting at $25,935, the Cherokee offers a good mix of daily driving pleasure and will rise up to some off-road challenges when called upon.

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2020 Jeep Cherokee Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Cherokee?

The Jeep Cherokee went through some significant changes in 2019, including a redesigned front end with redesigned daytime running lamps, enhanced four-wheel-drive systems, improved infotainment options, and more. The all-new for 2019 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine makes its way into the 2020 car, and we're not complaining. With all these changes still front of mind, it is understandable that Jeep has decided to keep changes minimal for 2020. A newly available advanced safety package includes forward-collision warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and lane departure warning, and the new decade also welcomes two new exterior paint colors, namely Sangria and Spitfire orange.

Pros and Cons

  • It's still good off-road
  • It handles well on the black stuff too
  • It's become quite a legendary thing
  • Good infotainment system
  • The base engine is a dud
  • Below-average cargo capacity
  • Fuel economy takes a hit on specific models
  • It gets a bit pricey

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2020 Jeep Cherokee Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Latitude
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$25,840
Upland
3.2L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$27,340
North
3.2L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$27,340
Lux
3.2L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$27,595
Latitude Plus
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$27,595
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2020 Cherokee Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 182.0 in
  • Wheelbase 106.5 in
  • Height 65.7 in
  • Max Width 73.2 in
  • Front Width 62.7 in
  • Rear Width 63.1 in
  • Curb Weight 3,590.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat +$245
  • Light Brownstone Pearlcoat +$245
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat +$245
  • Slate Blue Pearlcoat +$245
  • Velvet Red Pearlcoat +$245
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat +$245
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat +$245
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat, Build Out: 03/24/2020 +$245
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Spitfire Orange Clearcoat, Build Out: 07/17/2019
  • Sangria Metallic Clearcoat, Build Out: 07/17/2019
  • Sangria Metallic Clearcoat

2020 Cherokee Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.4L Inline-4 Gas, 3.2L V6 24V VVT w/ESS, 3.2L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Over the years, the Cherokee family of offroading SUVs have improved their on-road manners considerably, and the 2020 car proves to be the best of the lot. On the road, the Cherokee offers a beautifully compliant ride, and we commend Jeep for striking such a good balance between car-like composure and flexible off-road damping. At low speeds the Cherokee eats up undulations on the road, and high-speed cruising is simply a pleasure. The ride becomes slightly harsher when the Cherokee is fitted with 18 or 19-inch wheels, but it's not unbearable by any means. The Cherokee will handle long corners at higher speeds without complaint, but shows its SUV roots when chucked around a corner with too much enthusiasm. Understeer is the name of the game here. Off the road, the comfort biased suspension setup is a boon; rough bits are swallowed with glee, especially in cars with the available off-road suspension setup, which allows for increased wheel travel and overall pliability. The braking system is one of the best we've tested in the class and offers beautifully linear stopping power.

2020 Cherokee Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.1 in
  • Front Head Room 39.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.5 in

2020 Cherokee Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 Cherokee Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Jeep Cherokee a good SUV?

The Cherokee has been a staple of American SUV and offroading life for over half a century and continues to capture the hearts of Americans of all ages and means. The fifth-generation Cherokee has been on sale since November 2013 but has seen numerous updates since, and the 2020 model on review is the most capable and feature-rich one yet. Jeep gives buyers a massive range of trim levels and optional extras to choose from, so there's something for everyone. We like that the Cherokee is capable of being a family-friendly SUV, and serious off-road contender at the same time and that Jeep gives you the option to go with a city crawling FWD, or hardcore 4x4. The engine options range from weedy to plucky, and on the road, the Cherokee delivers a composed and surprisingly refined ride. The interior of the Cherokee is a relaxed and well-designed space that feels refined and well put together, and the infotainment system is up there with the best. Jeep has once again proven that building an off-road machine doesn't have to come at a cost to comfort and daily driveability.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Comparisons

Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep
Jeep Compass CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Cherokee180 hp22/31 mpg$29,995
Jeep Grand Cherokee 293 hp19/26 mpg$38,325
Jeep Compass 177 hp22/30 mpg$27,285

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee is the big brother of the Cherokee range, and it's bigger, more capable, and more pricey. The 2020 Grand Cherokee is powered by either a 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8, 6.4-liter V8, or a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, so power is clearly a non-issue. Power is sent to the rear or all wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Cherokee places a more pronounced focus on luxury and off-road capability than the standard Cherokee with features such as a standard Quadra-Lift air suspension system and Selec-Terrain traction management on 4x4 cars being standard. Move up the range, and the Grand Cherokee transforms from comfortable SUV with off-roading intentions to track-focused fire-breathing monsters, which would fail spectacularly on anything but the smoothest road surfaces. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, for instance, produces 707 hp and features a Selec-Track adaptive damping system with track, sport, auto, snow, and tow modes. The Grand Cherokee does what it says in the name: it delivers a grand experience, well at least when compared to the smaller and less powerful Cherokee. If you need the extra space and appreciate a premium driving experience, go for the Grand Cherokee.

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2020 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Compass

The Compass slots in underneath the Cherokee and offers compact crossover SUV thrills to those looking for something more rugged than the average small SUV. All 2020 Compass vehicles are powered by the same 2.4-liter four-pot engine that does duty in the Cherokee, but in this smaller and lighter package, delivers better performance. Gas mileage, on the other hand, is not that impressive: the most efficient Compass will only manage 23/32/26 mpg city/highway/combined. On the road, the Compass feels more like a four-door hatchback than full-blown SUV, which will appeal to those who do more city driving than anything else, and its light steering and nippy turn-in is a boon for driving in tight city traffic. The interior of the Compass resembles that of the Cherokee, but it can't match the Cherokee for passenger space or trunk space. Higher trim Compass SUVs get standard driver assistance features, but in lower trims, it offers a more basic setup. We'd recommend getting the Compass if you don't need the extra space or capability of the Cherokee, but still appreciate the above-average off-roading capability that Jeep brings to the table.

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